Home Gadgets That Can Save You Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Savers website offers information ways to save energy from Energy Star Appliance rebates; construction, design and remodeling; and landscaping; to choosing the right light, insulation, or water heater.
“An ever-increasing array of modern gadgets may be making our lives easier, but all these gizmos are also taking a toll on monthly utility bills. While most gadgets are energy hogs, an increasing number of products can actually help you slash your home energy costs.” (source: FoxNews.com) Learn More
Energy Efficiency Incentives
Federal tax credits for energy efficiency are available for numerous products including windows, doors, insulation, roofs (metal and asphalt), HVAC, and water heaters (non-solar). Rebates and other types of financial incentives are also available to encourage Americans to use energy more efficiently. However, few people are taking advantage of those incentives, says a survey conducted by Harris Interactive. A blog published in the Los Angeles Times talked about the survey, which was conducted for National Energy Awareness Month (October). Half of the survey's respondents said they had made home improvements to save energy and money, but 71% said they did not take advantage of rebates, tax credits or other incentives. 61% said they did not know that such incentives existed.
Information on energy efficiency incentives can be found at DSIREUSA.org, an online database founded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The database allows users to search for incentives in their area. Results can be viewed by state, type of incentive, specific technology, and whether the incentive is for a home, business, school or government entity.
Energy Audits for Commercial Customers
Energy audits are available to our commercial customers to help determine ways to maximize efficiency of electric usage.
Lumens vs Watts
When buying high-efficiency bulbs, the output is stated in lumens. Click here to convert standard bulb sizes to lumens, and information on new light labeling standards.
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulbs
Regular incandescent light bulbs are very inefficient. In fact, over half the energy consumed by a standard incandescent light bulb produces heat, not light. Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs are more efficient than incandescent bulbs. A CFL bulbs typically uses 65%-75% less energy than an incandescent bulb to provide the same amount of light. Another benefit of CFL bulbs is that they last up to 10 times longer than a regular light bulb.
TVA's Green Power Switch® Program
TVA and participating local public power companies, working with input from the environmental community, have created a program called Green Power Switch® to produce electricity from renewable sources and add it to the Tennessee Valley's power mix. Learn More
TVA's Revised Weatherization Program
This program offers low interest loans on heat pumps and dual fuel heat pump systems. Call (931) 762-7161 Ext. 4699 for more information.
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